Pride might be over, but it will come back and if it does, this is the book you have to use for your Pride Book club!
Our Book clubs are becoming more and more diverse. We have given you Thrillers, Genre Fiction, and Sci-Fi so far! And today, we are bringing to you a new genre: YA and LGBTQA+! We are giving you just eight simple questions that launch your queer book club to the stars, and the meeting will full of intelligent conversations about genre, sexuality, and identity expression!
There is one camp where all queer teenagers can get together and be free. Camp Outland is the result of the efforts of a couple of women who are fighting to educate and help queer teenagers understand better their roots, their history, and how to drive themselves in this heteronormative world. Randy has known Hudson since the first year Hudson join the camp, and he fell in love, but he fell hard since then. A few years passed where Hudson never determined Randy, but Randy has a plan to make sure Hudson takes notice of him, and he will do everything to make Hudson love him back.
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What to ask about Camp?
Let’s start by questions masculinity and gender roles
- Who imposed how men and women should act? Do any of the characters in the book follow those genders roles? Why?
- How is discrimination from the same community seen in the book?
- Do you think that the LGBTQA+ community is 100% inclusive and does not discriminate? Consider topics like body shaming, illogical body standards, dating apps, “preferences”, racism, xenophobia, and flamboyant man.
Now, let’s get philosophical
- What are different ways that the characters used to express their identity?
- Hudson says throughout the book that “queer people can be more than what straight people say” and by this, he means more than a stereotype of how gay men should be. Who imposed those stereotypes? The LGBTQ+ community or is that the media portrayal of the LGBTQA+ community?
Let’s get technical!
- In the novel, what is the symbol of breaking the gender roles? And why?
- What is passing?
- What is the importance of passing in the novel?
These are conversations that people have to have. Let’s be clear and communicate any doubts and broaden our horizons about the diverse spectrum that is sexuality and identity. The more we get to understand these topics, the better this world will be. Educate yourselves and be open to understanding others!
Invite to his book club any friends that you think need help to understand better what is to be out, proud, and queer!
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